Steve French’s “Contract With South Carolina”

GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE ROLLS OUT AMBITIOUS REFORM AGENDA By FITSNews  ||  With less than six weeks to go before South Carolina voters head to the polls, Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Steve French wants to give them something to think about. Ten things, actually. This week French unveiled his ten-point “Contract with South…


By FITSNews  ||  With less than six weeks to go before South Carolina voters head to the polls, Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Steve French wants to give them something to think about.

Ten things, actually.

This week French unveiled his ten-point “Contract with South Carolina,” a reform document containing several proposals this website has previously embraced.  French’s plan calls for a host of big-ticket fixes – including a shift away from corporate subsidies in favor of eliminating individual and corporate income taxes.

“It has been proven that states without an income tax grow faster than states that do,” French said. ” Eliminating the personal and corporate income tax can be funded by simply returning to 2010 levels of spending.”

Self-styled independent Republican Tom Ervin has also called for eliminating the income tax – which was pushed legislatively this year by S.C. Sen. Katrina Shealy, a former ally of incumbent “Republican” Nikki Haley.

We support the plan wholeheartedly as an essential and long-overdue step away from crony capitalism – and in the direction of jobs, investment and an empowered consumer economy.

French also takes aim at the Palmetto State’s deplorable government-run school system by funding “the student, not the school.”

“School choice means parents are free to choose which schools their children attend and public funding follows the individual student not the zip code the child lives in,” he said.

Amen to that one, too …

What else is on French’s agenda?  Capping government spending to population and inflation growth, enacting ethics reform (specifically the eight-point plan proposed by the S.C. Policy Council), permitting private sector gaming, treating marijuana like alcohol, reforming Medicaid, getting government out of the marriage business and requiring all law enforcement officers to wear cameras.

Each and every one of those items represents a policy position this website has endorsed … and there’s no denying that if French’s contract were adopted next January, South Carolina would see dramatic improvements in its economic, academic and health care outcomes.

As opposed to, you know, more of the same …

French is the first Libertarian to run for governor in more than a decade.  And while his views are obviously in alignment with the party that nominated him, he’s not what voters typically think of when they envision a “Libertarian candidate.”

French is young, good-looking, successful in business and has a compelling personal narrative (he survived cancer as a child).  Not only that, he’s adept at putting his views on limited government and individual liberty into accessible terms.

Seriously … if this guy had even half a million dollars to get on television, he’d be a lock to pull at least seven percent of the South Carolina electorate.

We don’t care about French’s intangibles, though … all we care about is that he’s right on the policy issues that matter most to us.

And should matter most to you … assuming you care about South Carolina rising up from the primordial ooze.

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Wastin Time September 22, 2014 at 1:08 pm

Who is this guy? The real race is between Sheheen and Haley. Hayley will win the overwhelming majority. This guy should just have a contract with his family never to try this again. Running 3rd party is a waste of money and time.

Mike at the Beach September 22, 2014 at 2:40 pm

They never seem to get that, do they? It’s like when you see the tenth restaurant open in the same crappy location that killed the nine prior restaurants in that same building. Everybody thinks they’ll be “the one.”

euwe max September 22, 2014 at 2:56 pm

I’ve been thinking of opening a “Big Bad Jesus” Biker bar… you know like the “Suck Bang Blow?” Jesus on a Harley busting out of the place just over the entrance with tats… like “Mom” on his biceps, a sawed off shotgun in a saddle holster, a glock in a shoulder holster, a half-crip, half-blood bandanna on his head..

Virgin Mary
Devils Food
stuff like that.

The waitresses wear nun’s outfits cut to micro length… burgers served on a block of wood with a huge buck knife holding it on through the center. Patty cooked on a crossed grill… a buffet with the twelve stations of the cross…

…all next door to a strip club with the same name.

shifty henry September 23, 2014 at 11:23 am

Then there was the the man who opened a dry-cleaning business next door to the convent. He knocked on the door and asked the Mother Superior if she had any dirty habits.

euwe max September 23, 2014 at 12:03 pm

Did she? And did he get into that habit?

Same ol' Same ol' September 23, 2014 at 2:54 pm

Yeah, I always heard it was ok to date nuns, as long as you didn’t get into the habit.

MilkMan September 22, 2014 at 3:10 pm

Just look at his kid’s face, it says:
“WTF is my dad wasting my college fund on this knuckheaded idea to run as a third party candidate” and “Mom, can I have a little milk now!”

Scooter September 22, 2014 at 10:03 pm

They must be skimming for their own benefit. Otherwise, why would they do it?

Mike at the Beach September 22, 2014 at 10:12 pm

Possible, I guess, but in my experience the fringy candidates with whom I’ve had actual conversations / interaction generally fall into two camps- Goofy, blissfully un-self aware “true believers,” or, narcissistic jackasses. I have no idea about French, because I have neither talked with him or followed his campaign.

neighbor September 22, 2014 at 1:11 pm

Between French, Ervin, and Sheheen, Nimrata is one and done. Just hope the 4 of them don’t come back to Governors Grant. Glad when they left.

2+2÷?¢£=×3÷3=haley+12 September 22, 2014 at 1:14 pm

LMAO! Fits says if French had 500,000 bucks he would get 7% of the electorate, at least.
Oh my! By that logic Tom Ervin is at about 60%-70% of the SC electorate?
Well RCP tells us 0% Tommy is well-at 0%!
I got an idea.Have Ervin-Williams loan French a million. That would apparently put French at around 15%. Have French then loan Ervin -Williams 500,000 That would give Ervin 7%. Then they both could loan Sheheen 500,000 each and that would give Sheheen 15%.
That puts us right about where the polls are now with Haley up about 13%-16%.
Makes sense Fits. :-)

Smirks September 22, 2014 at 3:45 pm

Somewhere there’s the sound of Sandi’s tip jar getting another quarter.

Frenchy the Jailbird September 22, 2014 at 1:16 pm

The only issue I can focus on is how French manages to stay out of a jail with that criminally hot wife of his.

Philip Branton September 22, 2014 at 1:22 pm

LOL……what is really catchy is the type of photo Wil chose. Get a load of the O.J. treatment that five o’clock shadow implies…!!

…might as well put horns on the baby…..

Bible Thumper September 22, 2014 at 2:00 pm

“permitting private sector gaming, treating marijuana like alcohol, … getting government out of the marriage business”
If French ran on his platform minus the above two lines and was pro life on the Republican ticket instead of the Libertarian party, he could get 55% of the vote instead of 3%.

TSIB September 22, 2014 at 5:51 pm

Which one is Steve French?

Same ol' Same ol' September 23, 2014 at 2:55 pm

Does she know he’s got her shirt on?


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